Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed into law Friday a bill that will require Minnesota drivers to use hands-free devices while on the road.
The law, which will take effect Aug. 1, will carry a $50 fine for drivers’ first violation and $275 fines for subsequent violations.
On Thursday, Apr.11, Senate approved the bill 48-12. the final iteration of the bill removed previous language that would have allowed drivers to secure phones under headwear.
Champions of the bill cited what they consider evidence from other states and the District of Columbia that shows similar legislature saves lives on the road.
Preliminary data from Minnesota Department of Public Safety show that cellphones or other electronic devices factored into 20% of serious injuries or deaths in distracted driving incidents from 2016 and 2017